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Communal angle sad, says Jaffer after quitting as U’khand coach
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Communal angle sad, says Jaffer after quitting as U’khand coach

Former India opener Wasim Jaffer’s resignation as Uttarakhand coach has triggered an ugly row — a kind unheard of in Indian cricket circles. On Wed-nesday, a day after Jaffer, in his resignation letter, accused Cricket Association of Uttarakhand (CAU) officials of pushing “undeserving players”, the state unit’s secretary, Mahim Verma, said he had received feedback from the team that Jaffer had “communalised” the dressing room atmosphere and “favoured” Muslim players. Late in the evening, Jaffer, at an online press conference, said he felt “very sad” that he had to give an explanation for such allegations. “It’s the lowest one can go. These allegations of me being communal and giving this communal angle is sad,” said the all-time highest Ranji Trophy run-scorer. Earlier ...
On fastest highway, wildlife get safe passage with bridges, passes
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On fastest highway, wildlife get safe passage with bridges, passes

Slamming the brakes as a deer darts across the road or waiting patiently as a herd of animals crosses it at a leisurely pace are common experiences of driving on roads cutting through forested areas. But on India’s fastest highway — the under-construction Nagpur-Mumbai Super Communication Expressway, which is designed for a top speed of 150 kmph — the focus is on co-existence, with five “wildlife bridges” and a network of underpasses being built. The 701-km-long and 120-m-broad highway, which will be partly commissioned this May, cuts across three sanctuaries — Tansa (Thane), Katepurna (Akola-Washim border) and Karanja-Sohol (Washim) — and 35 wildlife focus areas (WFAs) – 16 in Vidharbha, 16 in the North Western Ghats, 3 in Marathwada — stretched over 118 km across the rout...
Fear prevails in state: Jagdeep Dhankhar
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Fear prevails in state: Jagdeep Dhankhar

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Wednesday said that there is an “environment of fear prevailing in the state.” Dhankhar told mediapersons, “There is such an environment of fear in the state that people cannot even speak about it. I have been vocal about this since I came here. Fear and democracy cannot co-exist. There is no place for such fear in a cultured state like West Bengal. It is very unfortunate.” Reacting to his remarks, TMC MP Sougata Roy said Dhankhar should bring this matter to the notice of the Centre. “If he has anything to say on the law and order situation of the state, he should, as per the Constitution, convey it to the Central government. The way he is speaking before the media about it is unconstitutional and unfortunate,” he said. ...
Testing gaps in Bihar: Factors in fudge — a target, a profit motive and some reason to worry
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Testing gaps in Bihar: Factors in fudge — a target, a profit motive and some reason to worry

Presented with examples found by The Indian Express, senior Health officials in Bihar said there will be a probe into the glaring discrepancies in Covid testing charts but sources said that, at first glance, a set of factors could be behind the fake entries: from corruption to cutting corners in a scramble to meet targets. According to data compiled by the Bihar Health Department, the state has tested more than 2.16 crore samples so far, second only to Uttar Pradesh which has conducted over 2.89 crore tests. In recent weeks, about 75,000 tests are being conducted on an average each day. And each PHC has been given a daily target of 150-300 RT-PCR and Antigen tests. Testing itself has changed depending on the stage of the pandemic. In the initial stages, only those with symp...
Amit Shah to address Rajbongshis and Matuas, key to BJP’s poll fortunes
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Amit Shah to address Rajbongshis and Matuas, key to BJP’s poll fortunes

With an eye on Koch-Rajbongshi and Matua votes, Union Home Minister Amit Shah will visit the districts of Cooch Behar and Noth 24 Parganas on Thursday to campaign ahead of the Assembly elections. In Cooch Behar, Shah will flag off the fourth phase of the “parivartan yatra” and visit the famed Madan Mohan temple. With more than 30 per cent vote share in north Bengal, the Rajbongshis are a crucial factor in the region. The community helped the BJP make massive inroads in north Bengal in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. In Cooch Behar and Jalpaiguri districts, Rajbongshis could be a deciding factor in more than 15 Assembly seats. Later in the day, Shah will visit Thakurnagar in North 24 Parganas district that is the headquarters of the Matua community. Shah will offer prayers at the ...
Violence reported on disputed Assam-Mizoram border | India News – Times of India
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Violence reported on disputed Assam-Mizoram border | India News – Times of India

HAILAKANDI/AIZAWL: In a rerun of last year's incidents of violence on Assam-Mizoram border, several shacks were torched and a number of people were injured in clashes allegedly between residents of the two states in a disputed area, officials said on Wednesday. The incidents of violence and arson took place at Kachurthol under Ramnathpur police station area of Assam on Tuesday, prompting the authorities to clamp prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC in Hailakandi district, bordering Kolasib district of Mizoram, an Assam official said. The disputed Kachurthol is near Bairabi in Kolasib district. Officials of both Hailakandi and Kolasib said the security has been beefed up the area where the situation is now under control. An opposition MLA of Assam urged Chief Minister Sarbananda Son...
Mamata govt has not done anything for farmers, tribals: JP Nadda
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Mamata govt has not done anything for farmers, tribals: JP Nadda

BJP president JP Nadda on Wednesday alleged that the Mamata Banerjee government had not done anything for the welfare of farmers and Adivasis in the state. “The Mamata Banerjee government has done nothing for the welfare of farmers and tribal people. It has only indulged in politics of appeasement, corruption and strong-arm tactics. In the coming elections, Mamata Banerjee will go out of power and the lotus [the BJP’s symbol] will bloom here,” Nadda said at a “cha chakra [chat over a cup of tea]” event at a village in Paschim Medinipur district. Nadda said the Ayushman Bharat and PM-Kisan schemes would be made available once the BJP forms government in Bengal. “On one hand, there is Narendra Modi who wants the progress of Bengal, and on the other, there is Mamata Banerjee, ...
Assam govt decides to appoint sprinter Hima Das as DSP | Off the field News – Times of India
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Assam govt decides to appoint sprinter Hima Das as DSP | Off the field News – Times of India

GUWAHATI: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal chaired a meeting of his cabinet Wednesday night where a decision was taken to appoint World Championship sprinter Hima Das as a Deputy Superintendent of Police in the state. The cabinet also decided to amend the integrated sports policy of the state by appointing sportspersons as Class-I and Class-II officers in different departments of the state like Police, Excise, Transport etc, government spokesman and Industry minister Chandra Mohan Patowary told reporters. It was decided that Das will be appointed as a DSP rank officer in the Assam police and medal winners in Olympics, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games will be appointed as Class- I officers. Nicknamed 'Dhing Express', Hima Das is a 20-year-old Indian sprinter from Assam. She beca...
False phone numbers, fake names: How Bihar Covid testing data got infected
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False phone numbers, fake names: How Bihar Covid testing data got infected

Over three days last month, three Primary Health Centres (PHC) in Bihar’s Jamui district tested 588 residents for Covid — all were negative. The name, age and cell number of each person tested was put down in a chart and sent to Patna where it was aggregated with data from other districts to plot the state’s downward Covid curve. Staring out from these charts, however, are a string of glaring irregularities, an investigation by The Indian Express has revealed. The Indian Express visited six PHCs in Jamui, Sheikhpura and Patna, and accessed their testing records for January 16, 18 and 25. In Jamui, it tracked down each of the 588 entries at three PHCs for those days, and spoke to several staffers to find that basic data protocol was bypassed in a scramble to meet the daily t...
‘Parivartan yatra’: BJP leaders travelling on ‘raths’ as if they’re god says, Mamata Banerjee
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‘Parivartan yatra’: BJP leaders travelling on ‘raths’ as if they’re god says, Mamata Banerjee

Trinamool Congress (TMC) chairperson and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday mocked BJP leaders for travelling “on raths as if they are gods”, alleging that their political agenda was to divide people. At a public meeting in Raiganj in Uttar Dinajpur district, Banerjee took digs at the Opposition party’s “parivartan yatras [marches for change]” on self-styled “raths [chariots]” and accused it of spreading lies about Hinduism. “Rath Yatra is a religious festival. All of us have participated in this festival. We know Lord Jagannath, Balaram and Goddess Subhadra travel in those chariots. But, the BJP leaders are using this ‘Rath Yatra’ for their own political purposes. BJP leaders are travelling on raths as if they are gods,” said the TMC chief, calling BJP leaders “de...
Update Google Chrome browser immediately: CERT-In – Times of India
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Update Google Chrome browser immediately: CERT-In – Times of India

Several vulnerabilities were recently discovered in Google Chrome browser for Windows, mac and Linux platforms. If you are using the Chrome browser version older than 88.0.4324.146 then it is highly advisable that you update to the latest version immediately. The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) has also issued a high severity rating advisory asking users to update. “Multiple vulnerabilities have been reported in Google chrome which could be exploited by an attacker to execute arbitrary code on the targeted system,” CERT-In said in its advisory. Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code, could view, change, or delete data in the targeted system, it added. Explaining the problem, CERT-In said, “Multiple vulnerabilitie...
Lenovo plans to open 100 new Lenovo Exclusive Stores – Times of India
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Lenovo plans to open 100 new Lenovo Exclusive Stores – Times of India

Lenovo has announced that the company will open 100 new Lenovo Exclusive Stores (LES) in fiscal yeat 2021-22 in India. The company recently opened its 400th LES in Bengaluru as part of its effort to continue offline retail expansion during the pandemic. Lenovo currently has four premium stores, two in Bengaluru, and one in Mumbai and Lucknow each. These premium stores are built on the “Stay and Play” model emphasizing improving customer browsing experience in the store with dedicated customer service on a need Lenovo has introduced an Offline to Online (O2O) model enabling customers to complete their purchase on Lenovo.com if the product is not in stock in the stores. As per a Q3 FY 2021 study by InMOBI, Lenovo Exclusive Stores ranked the highest with a 71% customer satisfaction score a...
ETimes Paparazzi Diaries: Ajay Devgn makes a stylish appearance in the city, Malaika Arora continues to give us major fitness goals – Times of India
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ETimes Paparazzi Diaries: Ajay Devgn makes a stylish appearance in the city, Malaika Arora continues to give us major fitness goals – Times of India

It was another ideal day for star-gazing around the town as B-town celebs stepped out. While Malaika Arora, Sohail Khan and other fitness enthusiasts didn't miss their yoga and workout sessions, Ajay Devgn, Kartik Aaryan, Kiara Advani and other celebs managed to turn several heads with their stylish outings. Here is ETimes' paparazzi diaries for the best spotting's of the day. Malaika Arora Geared up in smart athleisure, Malaika pumped up our mornings as she stepped out for a workout session. The diva's love for fitness and yoga is sure to ward off your mid-week blues. Photo: Gaurav Kolge Karisma Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan Saif was papped with sister-in-law Karisma Kapoor outside his new lavish residence. The two stars looked chic in crisp white outfits as they got snapped by the papara...
Uttarakhand flash flood: Cop’s body washed up 110 km away, at ancestors’ ghat
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Uttarakhand flash flood: Cop’s body washed up 110 km away, at ancestors’ ghat

On Sunday, after the flash flood hit the Rishi Ganga power project site in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district, Manoj Chaudhary, 42, a head constable with the Uttarakhand Police, was among those reported missing. A day later, his body was recovered 110 km away, from a ghat near the confluence of the Alaknanda and Pindar rivers in Karnaprayag, where his ancestral village is located. “This is the very ghat where all our ancestors were cremated. The ghat is very close to our ancestral village Kanaudi. Ittefaq hai. Magar yeh to upar wale ki kripra rahi ki unki body apne purvajon ke ghat par pahunch kar ruk gai (It’s a coincidence, but it’s God’s grace that his body found its way to the ghat of our ancestors),” said Anil Chaudhary, Manoj’s elder brother. On Tuesday, Manoj was cremate...
Weight loss story: This nutritionist eats poached eggs with one slice of whole wheat bread for dinner  | The Times of India
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Weight loss story: This nutritionist eats poached eggs with one slice of whole wheat bread for dinner | The Times of India

My breakfast: I start my day with a glass of protein shake, oatmeal (milk+nuts+berries)My lunch: Around 1:30 P.M., I have my lunch which is stir-fried chicken (250 grams) made in one tablespoon olive oil, green salad (300 grams) and yoghurt (125 grams).At around 4 PM, I have tea (with sugar substitute) and one rusk or 30 grams peanuts.My dinner:I have my dinner at around 8:30 PM, which is usually two-three poached egg and one slice of whole-wheat brown bread.Pre-workout meal:In the morning after waking up, I have 5 overnight soaked almonds and a cup of hot black coffee before my workout. Post that I hit the gym for 60-90 mins.Post-workout meal:Post my workout I have a protein shake and eat oats in milk with nuts and berries (which is my breakfast)I indulge in (What you eat on your cheat...
Anderson accepts he could be rested for second Test against India | Cricket News – Times of India
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Anderson accepts he could be rested for second Test against India | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: James Anderson says he is "not assuming anything" as England contemplate resting their star bowler for the second Test against India despite his match-winning performance in the series opener. The paceman took three wickets in a superb spell of reverse-swing bowling in Chennai on Tuesday as England won by 227 runs to go 1-0 up in the four-match series. The 38-year-old's fitness levels appear to be as good as at any time in his long career but Anderson may be left out for the second Test, also in Chennai, depriving him of the chance to add to his tally of 611 Test wickets a record for a fast bowler. England face a packed 2021 Test schedule, culminating in an Ashes series in Australia, and the coaching staff know they must use their resources carefully. The tourists could stick to...
Farm laws: PM Modi cites ‘Churchill Cigar Assistant’ anecdote to underline need for change | India News – Times of India
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Farm laws: PM Modi cites ‘Churchill Cigar Assistant’ anecdote to underline need for change | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Defending the farm laws as much needed reforms, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday underlined that change is essential and cited the case of CCA, a British era post in Tamil Nadu for supplying cigars to then UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill that was not abolished till several decades after independence. Speaking in Lok Sabha on the motion of thanks to the President for his address, Modi said change and reforms are essential for the progress of every modern society. He also mentioned social reformers like Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, Jyotiba Phule and B R Ambedkar who had the courage to push for reforms in society against the prevailing norms. Stressing that still water leads to diseases while moving water instills new energy, Modi said he opposes t...
Study points to learning loss due to Covid school closure
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Study points to learning loss due to Covid school closure

In what points to a deepening of India’s learning crisis, a study by Azim Premji University has found that 92 per cent of primary school students have lost at least one language ability from the previous year during the school closure induced by Covid-19. Mathematical abilities, too, have suffered considerable damage. According to the report released Wednesday, 82 per cent of the students in Classes 2 to 6 had lost at least one mathematical ability in the same time. The study defines loss of language ability in the said age group as describing a picture or a personal experience orally, reading familiar words, and writing simple sentences based on a photo, among other things. Identifying single or two-digit numbers, performing basic mathematical operations and describing 2D ...